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Backtracking from their earlier accusations, Mehram Sandhu’s mother on Friday said that they had never made any allegations against the boy’s uncle Prabhjit Singh and aunt Parminder Kaur. They also said that Mehram’s father Varinderpal, who lives in Sydney, had never threatened to take away the child, but “abused us and threatened that he’ll take care of all of us”.
Mehram’s mother Harinder Kaur, who met the media along with her mother Jaswinder Kaur, said that they had only accused Varinderpal and his Kharar-based father Nirmal Singh of the crime of abduction of her son after he disappeared from a park near their house in Phase 9 on October 28. His decomposed body was found in Sector 69 on November 7.
“The uncle and aunt are relatives of the accused, that is probably why they were named in the FIR,” said Jaswinder Kaur.
The FIR, in which Varinderpal, Nirmal Singh, Prabhjit Singh and Parminder Kaur are named, was lodged by Harinder Kaur’s father Balwinder Singh.
Both mother and daughter said that they still suspected Varinderpal and Nirmal Singh were behind the crime; they had threatened them and did not want to bear the responsibility of bringing up Mehram.
“Varinderpal is in a relationship with another woman called Alisha, and is probably engaged to marry her. He never showed any concern towards Mehram and, in fact, wanted me to abort the child,” said Harinder, adding that he had married her only so that he could go abroad on a spouse visa.
On the afternoon of October 28, Varinderpal called Harinder after she had called up Alisha to confirm their relationship. A day before, Jaswinder said, his father Nirmal Singh called and threatened them.
Varinder and Harinder had separated and there was an ongoing monetary dispute between the families. Jaswinder said that they had spent a lot of money on their daughter’s marriage and later when the couple stayed abroad. Varinderpal’s family claims that they spent a lot of money on financing Harinder’s education in Australia.
Harinder said that she had been questioned several times by the police and was willing to join the investigation whenever summoned.
Meanwhile, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar visited the grieving family and promised them Rs 1 lakh and a clerical job for Harinder. He said he would follow up the case with the police on a regular basis.